RE: Intellectual Property

Subject: RE: Intellectual Property
From: Kim Roper <kim -dot- roper -at- vitana -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 11:18:00 -0500

Anonymous queried:

> Not a lawyer, not expecting legal advice from this list, just
> wondering: is it worthwhile rocking the boat to have them change that
> clause, or just leave it be and rely on it being highly
> unlikely that the
> company would deem my own work worth claiming and if they
> tried I can't
> see how they could win? (I live in the UK, but as I said, not
> asking for
> legal advice...)
A friend of mine was in a similar situation. He brought the issue to his
employer, explained things politely and had the clause changed. No
boat-rocking involved.

I'd change it now, while it isn't a big issue. I think most clients would
understand the likelihood of a writer hired on contract also writing for
someone else during the employment period. Over here (Canada), the revenue
agency *expects* contractors to have more than one client during the
calendar year and is far more likely to audit contractors that don't.
Clients that deal with contractors on a regular basis understand this

Cheers ... Kim
mailto:kim -dot- roper -at- vitana -dot- com

Do not meddle in the affairs of technical writers, unless, of course, you
*want* the engineers to write the manuals ...

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